Symptoms mimic MS

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DEEO
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't get it. I get numbness/tingling on my left side and both hands. I get tingling when I sit in any postion for just minutes. Scares the heck outta me. my left side of my tongue does this too. I wake up almost everymorning with numb/tingling hands. I am tired all the time. Feel like I am dying. Feel like I am losing control and feel like I am in a dream at times. Loss of memory too. My doctor says it is stress. Or worst case mis diagnosed MS. But he doesnt think so. I see a nerologists September 22nd. I don't feel anymore stressed then I did say 6 mths ago. This just started about 3 mths ago. Does anyone else get this?

stkitt
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   

DEEO

If you are worried about MS you should check out our wonderful MS Forum.

Sorry we really can not answer your questions. We are not healthcare professionals. Our forum is a support forum for people already diagnosed and living with a disease and are looking for support for Anxiety and Panic.  We can deal with helping you with stress but first you must be comfortable that you have stress and not MS. Please talk with your physician.

Dealing with stress is often treated with therapy and one of the most successful right now is CBT Therapy.

I am sure other members will comment on how to deal with stress.
Good luck...........

Kitt



 

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peacesoul
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   Posted 7/18/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Many illnesses mimic other illness. Lyme disease mimics MS, Lupus, Fibro etc.
The only way to know what is truly going on is by being tested for illness. Of course "unknown" illness is not easy to test for, but you need to start.
Any dr who diagnoses stress w/out taking tests is a faulty doc. Change docs
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percycat
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   Posted 7/18/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
DEEO,

I agree with PeaceSoul that you should be proactive about getting clear diagnoses. That doesn't mean that you should diagnose yourself, which is a sure recipe for health anxiety. However, I went through a period of being diagnosed based on ideas, not tests, and it helped clear things up a lot when I insisted on further tests. Again, this doesn't mean that you have to decide what tests to request; simply ask your doctor "What else could we check to make sure that what I'm experiencing isn't a physical illness?" Let him or her make the suggestions, but do be clear in asking the reasons why (or why not) certain conditions can be ruled out.

I don't think you've said, but do you take anti-anxiety medication? Sometimes our bodies' responses to that can help doctors understand better what's happening. For instance, a couple of my symptoms would go away quickly with as-needed medication, so that made the case for anxiety a bit stronger than it had been before. And when we saw that other symptoms didn't clear up from meds, that gave my specialist a strong clue that there was something else to follow up on.

Let us know how it's going for you!

percycat

DEEO
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   Posted 7/18/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
No I am not on meds. The last couple times I have been to the dr. he could tell I was stressed out. But I havent been lately. Just stressed about these symptoms. He did a test to do with strength. Like push his hands and stuff like that. The one reason why I think stress and that my dr. is right is because i don't notice it when I am busy. But the minute I am alone or thinking about it , wham there it is. I don't get numb to the point where I can't move. My husband thinks it is to much coffee, So I now drink decaf. I did have blood work done and all came back fine. I also know that MS can't be detected through blood work. I am to afraid to post on the MS Forum as I know that I will hear that most have these symptoms and I guess I just don't really want to hear that. A part of my thinks MS and the other part thinks it is stress. I will keep everyone updated once I get into see the nerologist in September. I am guessing though that this is not a common sign of stress symptoms?

percycat
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   Posted 7/18/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
DEEO,

I wouldn't say it's uncommon. That's not how my symptoms manifest - I get short of breath and sometimes chills like I'm going to faint - but I think others do know about numbness issues. There will probably be other posts soon about it.

percycat
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